Sierra Calhoun tallied 13 of her 19 points in the second half to lead the 13th-ranked Duke women’s basketball team past UMass Lowell, 95-48, Friday evening in Cameron Indoor Stadium.DURHAM, N.C. – Freshman guard
Five other Blue Devils reached double figures in the scoring column as Duke (7-3) posted their largest margin of victory since topping Alabama by 50 points in the season opener Nov. 16.
Freshman Azurá Stevens collected the third double-double of her career with 10 points and 11 rebounds while redshirt freshman Rebecca Greenwell added 15 points and sophomore Oderah Chidom had 13.
Both teams got off to slow shooting starts before the Blue Devils took off on an 8-0 scoring run for an early double-digit lead. Led by Stevens and senior Elizabeth Williams, the home squad also cleaned up on the offensive glass in the opening minutes and forced the River Hawks into several turnovers.
The defense held UMass Lowell to single-digit scoring for the first 10 minutes of the contest. During that time Duke found its offensive rhythm, widening the gap to nearly 20 points.
The Blue Devils continued to pour in points in the latter part of the half, utilizing a 23-5 run to jump out to a 50-20 advantage by the intermission. The River Hawks’ Shannon Samuels led all scorers with 14 points at the break, while Duke featured a balanced scoring effort in the first period, as Greenwell notched 10 points, Williams chipped in eight and Ka'lia Johnson and Chidom had seven each.
Duke registered 14 points off of 12 first-half turnovers by UMass Lowell and shot 50 percent from the floor while limiting the River Hawks to just 26 percent shooting.
Calhoun notched a quick 10 points to start the second period and the Blue Devils only continued their rapid scoring pace from there. Duke stretched the lead to 40 with 11:21 remaining and concluded the contest on a 13-2 run to seal the non-conference victory.
Samuels finished with a game-high 26 points for the River Hawks, who shot 30 percent from the field to 48 percent shooting by the Blue Devils. Duke held a 58-30 advantage on the boards and received 30 points from the bench.
The Blue Devils round out a three-game homestand Sunday, Dec. 21 against ninth-ranked Kentucky. That contest will tip off at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.